One of the most anticipated releases of 2011 has just dropped on vinyl, Pearson Sound (aka Ramadanman)’s refixes EP on Night Slugs White Label. Both sides are flips of classic tracks in Pearson Sound’s signature style.
Let Me See takes a bass heavy baltimore club classic and strips it down completely, taking the acapella and putting a huge 808 kick under it, with some subtle percussion and industrial hits that just scream David Kennedy.
Rodd Lee – Let Me See What U Workin With (Pearson Sound Remix)
Hardrive’s Deep Inside has one of the nicest ever house vocals in my opinion, but some of the synths in the original, especially the lead synth, jar with me a little bit. Luckily, Pearson Sound gets rid of that synth. In fact, he gets rid of nearly everything, except that instantly recognizable sample ‘deep, deep inside, deep, deep down inside’, and replaces it all with 808 cowbells. More or less. The percussion takes a different route to Let Me See, imitating old school hip-hop breaks. I’m still torn between whether I prefer the original or the refix, but all I know is that this is set to become of one of the biggest tunes of 2011!
It seems these days that DJ Koze can do no wrong. I first got to know him through his brilliant album Music Is Okay, which is very musically different to his other releases, so I’m always pleasantly surprised every time he comes out with tracks like these. His newest remix is already gathering big hype, and it’s well deserved. Pick it up on Beatport here.
Efdemin – There Will Be Singing (DJ Koze Remix)
So you have something to go home with, here’s one of my all-time favourite classic house records. Pressed in 1993 onto Strictly Rhythm, this gem stil gets slipped into sets all over, and is gathering new hype due to a forthcoming Ramadanman re-edit, which is sure to be huge.
I mentioned Battle For Middle You a month or two ago, and it’s been one of my favourite tracks of recent times. Today, the remix package came out, and it’s just as strong as the original EP. The A-side is a remix of Battle For Middle You by Ramadanman, under the alias Maurice Donovan. On the B, Midland turns Ask Yourself into a more housey affair. Pick up the EP here.
Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You (Maurice Donovan Dub)
Tonight one of my favourite Dublin promoters, Ignored Playaz, brings one of the biggest line-ups of the year so far to Dublin, a huge double header of Ramadanman and Mosca. I’m very excited for this. To get you in the mood, here’s a lovely little track from Deca Rhythm.
This one comes courtesy of The Miseducation. When Joker vs Nomad played in the Twisted Pepper recently, he dropped this monster, and we’ve been looking for in since, and she finally found it. Wouldn’t tell me where though…If you run out of music on this blog, be sure to hop over to hers and grab some more.
With a production team as good as Appleblim, Ramadanman and Carl Craig, there was no chance I was going to ignore this track once I saw it in Radioslave’s December Chart. Fortunately, it didn’t disappoint, and the quality is as good as the name suggests. It has all the dubby influence of Appleblim and Ramadanman, with a perfect amount of techno coming from Carl Craig’s end. Pick up the release here.
Dog Days is my favourite track from the amazing Planitz Proposals EP by Max Langenberg, one half of Ribn. A beautifully groovy deep house gem, which manages to still retain an element of dubby darkness. I strongly suggest you pick up the whole release here.
This is one I’ve meant to post for a while, as I’ve literally had it on repeat since I heard it. It’s honestly one of my favourite tracks of the year, a hauntingly beautiful genre defying track, which, as can be vaguely guessed from listening to it, is produced by Burial. I’ve yet to decide which I prefer between the original and the Ramadanman Refix, but all I know is that they’re both amazing.